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How to Make the Perfect Mapo Tofu: A Step-by-Step Guide - Microwave Recipes

How to Make the Perfect Mapo Tofu: A Step-by-Step Guide

Q: Can I use another type of meat instead of pork?
A: Yes, you can substitute pork with beef or chicken, but the taste may vary slightly.

Q: Is it necessary to boil the tofu before adding it to the sauce?
A: Boiling tofu helps to firm it up and allows it to absorb flavors better during cooking.

Q: How can I adjust the spiciness of the dish?
A: You can control the spiciness by adjusting the amount of chili powder and doubanjiang (bean paste) used.

Authentic Mapo Tofu Recipe


  • Tofu: 1 block
  • Doubanjiang (bean paste): 1 tablespoon
  • Green onion (chopped): 5 grams
  • Minced garlic: 1 teaspoon
  • Chicken powder: 1 tablespoon
  • Ginger slices: 2 pieces
  • Pork (minced): 200 grams
  • Salt: 1 tablespoon
  • White sugar: 1 tablespoon
  • Light soy sauce: 1 tablespoon
  • Dark soy sauce: ½ tablespoon
  • Cornstarch: 1 tablespoon
  • Water: as needed
  1. Boil water in a pot and cook the tofu with a teaspoon of salt for two minutes, then remove and set aside.
  2. Fry the minced pork until golden brown, then add green onions, ginger, garlic, and a tablespoon of doubanjiang to create a red oil.
  3. Add water to the pot, then introduce the tofu, salt, chicken powder, sugar, 1 tablespoon of light soy sauce, and ½ tablespoon of dark soy sauce.
  4. Add a water-cornstarch mixture to thicken the sauce, stirring well.
  5. Finally, sprinkle some chili powder and green onions before serving.
  • High in protein from tofu and pork.
  • Contains essential amino acids and minerals.
  • Caloric content varies depending on serving size and additional ingredients.
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